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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Yesterday marked the International Day of Tolerance for FGM. United Nations highlights the facts within its website to raise awareness, noted below:

"Globally, it is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM.
  • If current trends continue, 15 million additional girls between ages 15 and 19 be subjected to it by 2030.
  • Girls 14 and younger represent 44 million of those who have been cut, with the highest prevalence of FGM among this age in Gambia at 56 per cent, Mauritania 54 per cent and Indonesia where around half of girls aged 11 and younger have undergone the practice.
  • Countries with the highest prevalence among girls and women aged 15 to 49 are Somalia 98 per cent, Guinea 97 per cent and Djibouti 93 per cent.
  • FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15.
  • FGM cause severe bleeding and health issues including cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth increased risk of newborn deaths.
  • FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women."
Nicky Morgan, the minister for Women and Equalities has stated on numerous occasions, how these horrific practices are a violation of the rights of girls and women across the world, including in the UK.

The government committed a further £330,000 towards the battle against female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage within at-risk groups in England previously via the Government Equalities Office. 

Baroness Verma, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Dept of International Development pointed out recently DFID is the largest ever donor of FGM, investing £35 million over five years.

Many community campaigners have initiated local awareness projects for 2016. These community led activists are looking to eliminate and eradicate FGM. They are working with mothers and fathers of young women affected and could be potential targets to ensure education, prevention and support is out there where needed in the heart of the community.

Various activities and events were held on February 6 to promote the UN’s campaign to raise awareness and educate people about the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Public conferences and forums often feature FGM survivors sharing their personal experiences.

The Home Office’s FGM Unit provides a series of valuable resources and services.

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